Hidden Voices aims to create safe, compassionate and inspiring environments for female carers in Birmingham within diverse communities, encouraging mutual support and musical creativity. The project is led by MAC and created in partnership with Midland Mencap and Quench Arts, supported by Spirit of 2012's Carers' Music Fund.
Hidden Voices challenges the barriers to help and assistance that carers from diverse communities can often face, and strives to bring about change. It also advocates to the wider arts and cultural sector for greater engagement with, and provision for, carers.
The programme delivers activities and interactive music sessions for a range of existing groups who focus on areas such as mental health, disability and specific cultural communities, while also trying to reach those who may not consider themselves to be carers - including those isolated within their communities, those who are new to the country, and those with their own mental health needs and/or caring for those with mental health needs.
We are currently working with the following groups. Click on a group to access specific information and resources.
If you're not in a group, don't worry, there are still ways to get involved. Try out some of our videos and activity sheets here.
This series of videos includes musical activities with Nicole Justice, specifically designed to help carers take time to have some fun, be creative and relax, celebrating Carers Week 2020.
For more musical activities for the whole family, take a look at our MAC Makes Music Lockdown Resources.
Contact Jo Carr for more information about any of our Hidden Voices groups firstname.lastname@example.org